Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 | 11:44 p.m.
Sierra Vista could have spent the week celebrating its first playoff berth in five years.
Coach John Foss wouldn’t allow any such complacency, though.
“We tried to get our kids not to focus on it being the first time we’ve been there,” Foss said. “We didn’t want them to be content with it.”
The Mountain Lions weren’t. They proved it in a 30-7 victory against Chaparral Thursday night for the program’s first playoff victory in at least decade.
Sierra Vista, the No. 2 seed in the Division 1A Sunset league, now faces undefeated Moapa Valley, the Sunrise’s top team, on the road next Friday.
“Our kids are excited about it,” Foss said. “I think we came out a little bit nervous at first, but we got over it.”
Like it has all season, Sierra Vista leaned on running backs Maleik Broady and Andrew Peterson. Both tailbacks had a touchdown, as well as fullback Daniel Godfrey.
The defensive backfield was even more of a standout unit for Sierra Vista. Junior Javion Hunt had three interceptions, and sophomore Randal Grimes acted as a shut down corner all night.
“They have some great receivers so we were concerned,” Foss said. “But we just got great play from our defensive backs.”